It’s been an incredibly frustrating start to the 2020 season for the Houston Texans, dropping their first four games. That has quickly put head coach Bill O’Brien on the hot seat, which the team has elected to pull the trigger on firing the longtime head coach. It’s a move that could wind up being the right move moving forward for the franchise.
Texans decide to fire Bill O’Brien
That all came to an abrupt end on Monday as the team elected to part ways with O’Brien, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
It comes after the Texans dropped their first four games of the 2020 campaign. Following the Week 4 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, O’Brien didn’t voice concern over his job status with the franchise.
The 50-year-old has helped bring stability to Houston with four AFC South division titles in the last five years. However, the team struggled to breakthrough in the playoffs reaching no further than the divisional round and had a pair of wildcard exits.
The Texans are moving forward in a new direction, a move that was a long time coming, and simply the right one to make.
Texans made the right move to let go Bill O’Brien
It’s always a challenging move for a franchise to fire a head coach, especially one that has experienced success. However, it’s hard not to see why the Texans elected to move on from Bill O’Brien.
The situation had run its course that was capped with a sluggish start to the 2020 season. It has already put the Texans’ playoff hopes in question with a task that doesn’t get any easier with their upcoming opponents. It features the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers over the next couple of weeks.
Houston’s sudden move goes well beyond this season as O’Brien has made several questionable decisions in his pseudo general manager role. He made the highly unpopular and surprising transaction to trade star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason.
Although the team has a cornerstone lineman in Lamery Tunsil, it cost them a 2021 first and second-round pick in the trade with the Miami Dolphins. There was also a building tension in the locker room, which grew greater after the team nearly brought in troubled safety Earl Thomas last week.
The writing was on the wall, and the Texans’ disappointing start to the 2020 season was the franchise’s breaking point.
What lies ahead?
The Texans’ decision to cut the cord early this season with Bill O’Brien suggests they have high aspirations toward still reaching the playoffs.
It will be an uphill battle from this point forward, but the Texans have strong talent to lean on led by star quarterback Deshaun Watson. It’s going to take much more than Watson for them to get on track in the 2020 season with their challenging upcoming schedule.
Houston will likely wait until the offseason to hire a new head coach as Romeo Crennel is taking over as the interim head coach due to his prior experience in that role. The Texans are in a tough spot financially with a league-high $248 million payroll this season, but the franchise will likely look to move in a new direction.
It will be an uphill battle with improving their roster, but it should see the next head coach reshape the team to their fashion. Until then, the Texans have signaled that a new era within the organization will begin shortly; that may be what they need to move forward finally.